During his tenure overseeing Microsoft’s Server and Tools Business, the division outperformed the market and took share from competitors. Previously, Nadella led R&D for the Online Services Division and was VP of the Microsoft Business Division. Before joining Microsoft, Nadella was a member of the technology staff at Sun Microsystems.
Nadella replaces Steve Ballmer, 57, who announced in August 2013 that he would retire once a successor was named.
Microsoft also announced that Bill Gates, 58, previously Chairman of the Board, will assume a new role on the Board as Founder and Technology Advisor, and will devote more time to the company, supporting Nadella in shaping technology and product direction.
John W. Thompson, 64, Lead Independent Director for the Board, will assume the role of Chairman. Thompson joined the Microsoft Board in February 2012. Thompson is the CEO of privately held Virtual Instruments, whose products are designed to ensure the performance and availability of applications deployed in virtualized and private cloud computing environments. Since 2009, Thompson has been an active investor in early-stage technology companies in Silicon Valley. Before that, during his 10-year tenure as CEO of Symantec, he helped transform the company into a leader in security, storage and systems management. Thompson stepped down as CEO in 2009, and from Symantec's board in 2011. Previously, he held leadership positions at IBM, including sales, marketing, software development and GM of IBM Americas, and was also a member of IBM's Worldwide Management Council.
Date: February 5, 2014